Bettie Mikosinski



WITHOUT THE SHADE OF LEAVES

Thin strands, spun
from sun, turn
through days of wind
then rain, breathing
slow—the way
limbs move now
a different sound, bent
by wind—his fingers
stiff, unable to climb damp
threads, spun with only dreams,
skin—a piece of wing.



Bettie Mikosinski lives in Annandale, Virginia, with her husband Casey.  Bettie writes, publishes poetry, and gives poetry readings in the Washington, DC, area.  She has studied in various University poetry workshops with Roland Flint, William Stafford, Lucille Clifton, and Margaret Atwood.  She won a prize for fiction.  And won a prize: a place in The Writer's Center book, "Center Pieces", for a poem.  She has been published in Rustlings, Phoebe, Center Pieces, NotJustAir.org, and Potomac Review.  Bettie has been a featured reader at:  the Town Hall in Leesburg, Virginia; the Potomac Review Reading Series at St. Elmo's Coffee Pub in Virginia; Barnes & Noble-Bowie, Maryland; IOTA, in Arlington Virginia; "Poets on Poetry" dialogue reading at the Arts Club of Washington; Kensington Row Book Shop; Poesis in Arlington Virginia; Kensington Day of the Book; and The Writer's Center, The Friends of William Stafford birthday reading.








                                    

 

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